What’s happening is that with strikeouts at historically unprecedented levels, even for non-power hitters, there are fewer productive outs that move runners along and provide chances for runs to be driven home without putting a ball over the fence. That keeps control of the game in the hands of the sluggers, even as raw home run totals drop.
There are those who might say that this is a troubling trend, that by relying more on brute force, baseball loses key strategic elements, and the ...Read More...
Evidently, the timing was right for Javier Baez to get to the big leagues.
Playing his first Major League game, Baez launched the first pitch he saw from Boone Logan leading off the 12th inning into the bullpen for his first big league homer and hit to power the Cubs to a 6-5 victory over the Rockies.
That’s a lot of firsts, and Baez will have plenty of souvenirs to remember the game, including the home run ball, which landed in the Rockies’ bullpen.
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